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is quite mad; and being asked why he left us, replied, ' Jesus knows my thoughts; one day I blaspheme, and pray the next.' So, you see what accidents were against us, or we had carried our point. They cry, Sir E. miscalculated: how should he calculate, when there are men like Eoss, and fifty others he could name! It was not very pleasant to be stared in the face, to see how one bore it—you can guess at my bearing it, who interest myself so little about anything. I have had a taste of what I am to meet from all sorts of people. The moment we had lost the question, I went from the heat of the House into the Speaker's chamber, and there were some fifteen others of us—an under door-keeper thought a question was new put, when it was not, and, without giving us notice, clapped the door to. I asked him how he dared lock us out without calling us; he replied insolently, '•It was his duty, and he would do it again': one of the party went to him, commended him, and told him he should be'punished if he acted otherwise. Sir E. is in great spirits, and still sanguine. I have so little experience, that I shall not be amazed at whatever scenes follow. My dear child, we have triumphed twenty years; is it strange that fortune should at last forsake us; or ought we not always to expect it, especially in this kingdom? They talk loudly of the year forty-one, and promise themselves all the confusions that began a hundred years ago from the same date. I hope they prognosticate wrong; but should it be so, I can be
pole.—Hon. Charles Boss of Balna-gown, second son of thirteenth Baron Eoss.
8 Hon. Thomas   Hervey,  second son of first Earl of Bristol j d. 1775.
He was at this time •writing his famous letter to Sir Thomas Han-mer. Walpole.—He eloped -with Sir Thomas Hanmer's second wife.